…Says it’s sweet victory for democracy
Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on Wednesday said the discharge and acquittal of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over false assets declaration charges is “sweet victory for democracy”.
He said the Tribunal’s ruling did not come as a surprise to many Nigerians because it was a trial hatched and orchestrated by political opponents and detractors out to achieve their selfish interests.
Senator Ekweremadu, who insisted that the case was bound to fail from the beginning because of the associated political intrigues and fabrication, said: “This is another sweet victory for the 8th Senate in particular, separation of powers, rule of law, and the nation’s democracy. The trial, just like the arraignment of the presiding officers of the Senate on trumped up charges of forgery of Senate Standing Rules, was political vendetta and manipulations taken too far.”
According to him, “It was never built on any iota of truth, but on the quicksand of falsehood and was, therefore, condemned to sink under the weight of law and justice.”
In applauding Senate President Saraki for his dexterity and “standing firm and tall in the face of political tribulation”, Senator Ekweremadu expressed gratitude to all the Senators for their camaraderie and unwavering support to the Senate leadership all through the turbulent times.
He thanked Nigerians for their continuous support and trust in the Senate in spite of the false and irresponsible plans by some political opponents to undermine the Senate and bring its leadership to disrepute.
The Deputy Senate President however said the upper legislative chamber would remain focused and alert to avoid being distracted by what he described as forces of destabilization.